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Evaluation of Vision Referral Program With School-Aged Children and Their Parents/Guardians
Susan McClendon DNP, RN, CNS, Mary Beth Zeni, RN, ScD
Publication: Journal of School Nursing

Published in 2019

Key Highlights:

  • Vision plays a key role in a child’s development. Early detection and treatment of vision abnormalities decreases future complications.
  • Follow-up vision care is a common problem.
  • Barriers to vision care include financial cost, lack of insurance knowledge to cover costs, and disbelief of vision results.
  • The purpose of this evidence-based pilot project was to improve the rate of follow-up vision care obtained by school-aged children.
  • The target population was school-aged children from kindergarten to fifth grade at an elementary school within Lake County, Ohio.
  • The vision referral program included phone calls to families to identify and overcome barriers to obtaining vision care.
  • Barriers identified with the target population include disbelief of vision results, lack of knowledge about vision health, and financial cost.
  • Results indicated an increase of vision care rates during the 2017–2018 academic year by 60% above baseline rates from the previous academic year.

To access the study, click here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1059840518821427

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